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2015 RS400 Southern Championships – Overall report

RS400 Southern Championships 2015 – Overall report

27 Boats made the journey down to join the six and growing local RCYC fleet of 400’s. Racing started on Saturday and was particularly tough going with a long postponement on the water as we floated about, watching and waiting for the breeze to make a guest appearance.

Finally late in the afternoon Race one kicked off with a not so easy to remember trapezoid course, resulting in a little confusion at the mark three on the second lap, the Ryan brothers had it all figured out keeping their lead and their kite. Local RS400 hero Alex Barry followed by Paul Mc Mahon decided to mix things up a little with a rapid drop and hoist sequence keeping their crews Richie and Laura on their toes!

Race two was somewhat less eventful, with the course figured out Alex and Richie showed a clean pair of heels to take the bullet, with Michael (Chunky) Ferguson and Gavin Doig second, followed very closely by locals Andrew Woodward and Richie Harrington.

With two races completed the fleet made the long journey in from Roches Point and straight to the bar for well deserved pints (although some of us were in the lucky position of getting a tow in – thanks George and Dave Kennefick).

Saturday night winding down got off to a good start with a lovely BBQ and a great talk from photographer Brian Carlin, quickly gaining pace at the bar, and ending with a traditional session, resulting in more than a few sore heads on Sunday morning.

Day two brought an earlier start in an effort to get in four races. Racing took place inside the harbour with a light breeze and a strong tide making it a very challenging day for all. Although the familiar Windward /Leeward courses gave the brains more time to attempt to work out the shifts.

Race three saw Ewen Barry and Shane Dunlea cross the line first, followed by Andrew Woodward and Richie with Paul McMahon and Laura coming in third.

Race four saw Paul and Laura take the bullet with Ewen and Shane close behind. Peter Kennedy and Simon Hutchins coming in third.

Race five, saw a big wind shift on the first beat with Gareth Flannigan and David Fletcher taking advantage to finish ahead of Alex and Richie, followed in third by Chunky and Gavin.

Race six kicked off after a delightful squall and heavy rain to wake the fleet up. With no two races being won by any one boat it was all to play for. The wind decided to take a break by time the fleet rounded the leeward mark for the second time, Alex and Paul stayed in close quarters of each other as they made their way up the beat. The two short blasts sounded by the OOD as they approached the windward mark were very welcome with Paul and Laura crossing first, followed by Alex and Richie, with Chunky and Gav taking third.

The points were tight and no one was quite sure of the final standings until they were posted. Event was won by Paul and Laura, by a point from Alex and Richie followed by another local boat Andrew and Richie taking place overall.

The next event, Nationals in Ballyholme is shaping up to be a great event for all three fleets. A bumper entry expected with the Scots and English coming to test the Irish 400 fleet and hopefully the Northern 200 fleet participating in force.

Results:
Series Place Sail No Boat Type of Boat Helm Crew Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
1 IRL1230 Doppler RS400 Paul McMahon Laura Houlihan HYC 12 3 4 3 1 21 1
2 IRL1126 RS400 Alex Barry Richard Leonard RCYC/MBSC 13 2 1 5 12 3 2
3 IRL748 RS400 Andrew Woodward Richie Harrington MBSC 16 5 3 2 8 2 4
4 IRL741 Whiplash RS400 Mikey Ferguson Gavin Dore Royal Ulster YC 23 8 2 4 7 7 3
5 IRL1259 McCready Sailboats RS400 Gareth Flannigan David Fletcher Ballyholme YC 32 10 6 10 20 1 5
6 IRL1127 Flyer RS400 Ewen Barry Shane Dunlea MBSC 35 4 19 1 2 17 11
7 IRL1321 MoreRon RS400 Robert Espey Michael Gunning Ballyholme YC 35 6 13 8 4 4 37
8 GBR941 Csbc RS400 Paul McLaughlin Michael Mc Kinley Cushendall SC 38 9 5 7 17 9 8
9 IRL1352 Oddjob RS400 Peter Kennedy Simon Hutchinson SLYC/RNIYC 41 12 7 6 3 27 13
10 IRL1339 RS400 Emmet Ryan James Ryan RStGYC 42 1 17 13 6 5 37
11 IRL1004 RS400 Chris Penney Simon Martin Carrickfergus SC 52 7 16 17 9 13 7
12 IRL1406 2 Sad Old Blokes RS400 Dave Cheyne Stevie Kane RNIYC 58 14 14 11 11 8 15
13 IRL1179 Cold Fact RS400 David Rose Ian Heffernan MBSC/RCYC 66 18 8 12 19 19 9
14 IRL1044 Dosco.ie RS400 George Kenefick William Athkinson RCYC 67 11 12 15 5 24 37
15 IRL484 RS400 Sean Ribson Owen McKinley CSBC 69 22 15 9 13 18 14
16 IRL1245 RS400 Peter O Leary Blake Walsh RCYC 69 15 18 18 15 11 10
17 IRL1140 RS400 Robert O Sullivan Philip McGlade MBSC 72 13 11 21 10 23 17
18 IRL1405 Zimmer Frame RS400 Liam Donnelly Rick Mcaig Royal North of Ireland YC 75 21 9 19 27 6 20
19 IRL1138 RS400 Owen Laverty Gina Laverty RStGYC 75 19 29 20 18 12 6
20 IRL802 The Warrior RS400 Dave Sweeney Rob Kerley BSC/HYC 79 23 10 22 14 14 19
21 IRL825 RS400 Trevor D’Arcy Alan McClernon CSC/RNIYC 82 20 20 14 21 16 12
22 IRL1251 Dignity RS400 John Lewis Sheela Lewis County Antrim YC 85 17 21 16 23 15 16
23 IRL1353 Blue Thunder RS400 Rob Hastings Neil Calvin Royal North of Ireland YC 106 26 27 28 22 10 21
24 IRL1349 Royal Scam RS400 Michael Donnelly Garrett Donnelly MYC 110 29 22 25 16 25 22
25 IRL903 RS400 Robin O’Mahony Jack Costigan RCYC 110 25 23 23 24 22 18
26 IRL1436 Lelia RS400 Simon Herriott Stephen Bourke Greystones SC 122 28 24 24 26 20 37
27 IRL637 RS400 David Coleman Margaret Hynes Killaloe SC 131 30 26 27 28 26 24
28 IRL581 RS400 Pat Culloo Donal Cullinane Killaleo SC 132 27 28 26 37 28 23
29 IRL1035 BB King RS400 Brian Bryce Conor Bryce Killaloe SC 132 24 30 29 25 29 25
30 IRL1260 RS400 David Kennifick RCYC 152 16 25 37 37 37 37
31 IRL1141 Slow and Steady RS400 Ross Brennan Olly Lawerence Greystones SC 160 31 31 31 30 37 37
32 IRL1207 Shekou RS400 Cillian O Mara Mark Sartini Killaloe SC 170 37 37 30 29 37 37
33 IRL1240 GoodLord RS400 Daniel Lordan Sarah Lordan INSS 180 32 37 37 37 37 37
34 IRL1001 Ron RS400 Robert Espey Michael Gunning BYC/RUYC 185 37 37 37 37 37 37
34 IRL1040 Blu E 2 RS400 Robert Galligan Philip Connor Greystones SC 185 37 37 37 37 37 37
34 IRL1197 Razor Sharp RS400 Aidan McSweeney RCYC 185 37 37 37 37 37 37

by RS 400

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